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Lloran las campanas (1944)

The Bells Cry
lyrics by Oscar Rubens

They live on endlessly
killing my anxiety,
the sounds of the bells:
“ding dong, ding dong”
is their song.
How could I have thought
that the very day I returned
my great love would be dying?
When at last I was going to hold her tight in my arms
that mocking “ding dong” interferes!

Oh, how sad I am, love!
Oh, how great is my pain!
Today when my dream was at last about to come true,
as I was finally returning to your side,
they seize your love away from me. No!
No, it can’t be, love,
no, think my dear, that no—
tell them to quiet the bells—
this mocking “ding dong” can’t go on!

Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Alberto Podestá

(Spanish original after the jump)

Lloran las campanas

Viven sin cesar
matando mi ansiedad,
los sones de las campanas:
“din don, din don”
es su canción.
¿Cómo iba a pensar,
que hoy al retornar
moría mi gran amor?
Cuando por fin iba a estrecharla entre mis brazos
¡se interpone este burlón “din don”!

¡Ay, qué triste estoy, amor!
¡Ay, qué grande es mi dolor!
Hoy que al fin mi sueño se cumplía,
que a tu lado al fin volvía
me arrebatan tu querer. ¡No!
No, no puede ser, amor,
no, pensá mi bien, que no—
dile que se callen las campanas—
¡que no siga este burlón “din don”!

About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.

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2 thoughts on “Lloran las campanas (1944)

  1. Beautiful song and nice translation. Thanks.

    Posted by michaelbede | 01.26.2013, 2:59 AM

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